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San Francisco Theater & Best of Broadway

Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2016 & 2017

The San Francisco theater has hundreds of shows every year. With more than a dozen theaters in SF, you will find a wide variety of shows from dramas to comedies.

You can choose to see a performance at one of the larger theaters such as the Orpheum with popular shows such as Hamilton, Finding Neverland, and The Lion King. You can also catch a show in a smaller, more intimate theater, such as the SF Playhouse in Union Square.

Top Broadway Shows

Curious Incident of the Dog
Finding Neverland
Hamilton
Curious Incident of the
Dog in the Night-Time
Finding
Neverland
Hamilton
Hedwig & the Angry Itch
Lion King Musical
White Christmas
Hedwig & the
Angry Inch
The
Lion King
White
Christmas

Theater Tickets at Up to 50% Off On Goldstar

Click the links below to find tickets to some of the top San Francisco theater productions at up to 50% off. These tickets sell out quickly and change often, so make sure to pick yours up right away if you have confirmed your travel dates to SF.

  • 8/4 - 10/13: A Streetcar Named Desire at the Shelton Theater, Full price $40, Goldstar price $10 - $20*

  • 9/14 - 9/22: King Charles III at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater, Full price $19 - $75, Goldstar price $11 - $45
  • 9/27 - 11/8: Seared at the SF Playhouse, Full price $30 - $60, Goldstar price $15 - $30

*A small service fee will apply at check out.

Event Calendars by Month

Are you looking for additional events during your stay in San Francisco? Click the links below for the full event calendars for each month.

Event Calendars
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Best of Broadway & Other Shows by Month

Click on the links below for more information about each San Francisco theater performance including ticketing information.

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Top Performances: Details

The following list of San Francisco theater performances include top Broadway hits such as The Lion King, Hamilton, and Wicked.

Beautiful

BeautifulDates: August 9 - September 18

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale

Beautiful, the Carole King Musical, returns to San Francisco in August and September 2016. It follows the story of King's inspirational rise to stardom.

It starts from her life as being a part of a song writing team to becoming one of the most successful solo acts of her time.


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig & the Angry ItchDates: October 2 - 30

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale

In this Tony Award-winning musical, Hedwig, the lead singer of a rock-n-roll band, reveals her story as a transgender woman in America who was born male in East Berlin and whose botched operation left her with an "angry inch."

This cathartic journey of self-realization is both funny and heartbreaking.


The Lion King

The Lion King SFDates: November 2 - December 31

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale for all dates

The awe-inspiring Broadway musical of Disney's The Lion King is back in San Francisco! You will be amazed at how the giraffes, birds, gazelles, lions, and the whole Serengeti come to life on stage. It's no wonder this show has a Tony Award-winning director, choreographer, and composers, and has become known as "the World's #1 Musical." This is one performance not to be missed!


The King and I

King and IDates: November 15 - December 11

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: On sale for all dates

The revival of this classic musical, one of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, has been claimed to be one of the best productions ever. Set in 1860s Bangkok, it tells the story of the unconventional relationship between Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, and the King of Siam, who has brought Anna there to teach his many wives and children. You will love these renditions of the classic songs "Getting to Know You," "Shall We Dance," and more.


Irving Berlin's White Christmas

White ChristmasDates: December 14 - 24

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: On sale for all dates

This uplifting holiday musical is a real Christmas treat! The story is of a song-and-dance team that puts on a show in a magical Vermont inn with a stunning sister act.

Be delighted by a timeless tale of goodwill and joy, full of great Irving Berlin songs, dancing, and laughter.


Finding Neverland

Finding NeverlandDates: January 18 - February 12, 2017

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale for all dates

Audiences are loving this new Broadway hit based on the Academy Award-winning film Finding Neverland. It tells the heartwarming story of a playwright who, struggling for inspiration, suddenly meets four young boys and their beautiful widowed mother. He becomes captivated by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures and takes a monumental leap of faith into the world of childhood wonder.


RENT

Rent in SFDates: February 9 - 17, 2017

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: On sale soon

This beloved musical is celebrating 20 years of bringing hope and inspiration to audiences all over the world. Based on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT shows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven struggling artists who overcome fear and adversity with love and friendship. Don't miss this anniversary tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece. (Note: Children under 5 not allowed)


Into the Woods

Into the WoodsDates: March 7 - April 2, 2017

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: On sale for all dates

This Tony Award-winning musical classic has been reinvented into a wild and witty, one-of-a-kind production of Into the Woods.

The wolf, the witch, and the giant in the sky all boast incredible stage presence as they bring to life dazzling songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone."


Hamilton

HamiltonDates: March 2017

Location: Orpheum

In March, SHN Theater will welcome the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton as the anchor of their 2016-2017 season.

See the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton—political great, sex scandal, war hero, and all—as you've never seen or heard it before.

 


Roman Holiday

Roman HolidayDates: May 24 - June 18, 2017

Location: Golden Gate

Tickets: On sale soon

Don't miss the pre-Broadway premier of this musical based on the Academy Award-winning film and featuring classic Cole Porter songs. Fall in love with the story of a young princess yearning to escape her fancy diplomatic life and an American reporter who suddenly turns from covering the royal family to covering up the girl's escape. Follow their 24-hour adventure and discover with them the magic of Rome and the promise of love.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious IncidentDates: June 27 - July 23, 2017

Location: Orpheum

Tickets: On sale soon

One of the most anticipated arrivals to SF theater this year, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on the best-selling novel, has won five Tonys, including Best Play. In this one-of-a-kind production, you get to watch the mystery of a neighbor's murdered dog unfold, told from the perspective of an autistic boy.

Other San Francisco Theater Productions

The following San Francisco theater shows are on smaller stages throughout the city.

City of Angels

city of angelsDates: July 5 - September 17

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

This fun musical comedy offers two plots and two unique scores. It's Hollywood in the 1940s. A time when Film Noir is popular and a writer is getting his latest film produced. He becomes frustrated as his leading characters talk back to him and his femme fatales won't stay on the screen!


All of What You Love and None of What You Hate

All of What You  LoveDates: August 31 - September 24

Location: SF Playhouse

Discounted Tickets: On Goldstar at up to 50% off

Tickets: All tickets

In her bedroom, a young girl is unsure of her future and looking for answers as she faces fate. This beautiful, touching piece is brought to you by the up-and-coming playwright Phillip Howze.


King Charles III

King CharlesDates: September 14 - October 9

Location: Geary Theater

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Hailed as the "#1 play of the year" by the New York Times and Time Magazine, this is a work of art you won't want to miss while in San Francisco. Playwright Mike Bartlett has cleverly created a contemporary Shakespearean-like speculation about the future history of England when Queen Elizabeth II dies and Prince Charles assumes the crown, facing a power-hungry Parliament and his ruthless daughter-in-law, Princess Kate.

Seared

SearedDates: September 27 - November 12

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

Catch the world premiere of this sizzling Theresa Rebeck piece at the SF Playhouse. Find out what happens when a successful chef, whose little restaurant has become a New York favorite, goes head-to-head with the investor who wants to cash in. The culinary artist isn't ready to sell out on his masterpiece, but what exactly is the recipe for success?


The Hard Problem

The Hard ProblemDates: October 19 - November 13

Location: Geary Theater

Tickets: On sale

Dive into the compelling conflict between mind and matter in this drama that follows super smart psychologist Hilary on her mission to carry out a brain research project that pits her against her lover (and math tutor) as well as a rival math project threatening to take her funding. But that's not all, Hilary then realizes her biggest threat is her own genetic secret.


Entanglement

EntanglementDates: November 18 - December 17

Location: Z-Below

Tickets: On sale now

Entanglement tells the story of Emma and Luke, a former couple who reunite 20 years after their breakup to put together a play that Emma has written based on what happened between the two. In the process, they battle over who gets to control the story of their breakup. Complicated even further by Emma's husband and Luke's daughter, they realize that their lives are entangled by a web of secrets and loose ends from the choices they made long ago.


She Loves Me

She Loves MeDates: November 23, 2016 - January 14, 2017

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

This award-winning revived musical tells the story of Amalia and Georg, two clerks in a perfume shop that never seem to get along. Always clashing at work, they each begin to fall more in love with their anonymous pen pal from a "lonely hearts advertisement" that they both unknowingly answered. Will their love survive once they discover their true identities?


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolDates: November 25 - December 24

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Tickets: On sale

For more than 40 years, the SF American Conservatory Theater has made this musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale a San Francisco tradition during this time of year. You may even want to catch the special Christmas Eve performance! With a lively cast, colorful costumes, and spooky ghosts, this holiday favorite tends to sell out quickly.


The Christians

The ChristiansDates: January 24 - March 11, 2017

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

Find out what happens when a church leader comes back from Africa with a very changed interpretation of Christianity. Accompanied by a live choir, Pastor Paul and his congregation bring to the stage an intimate look at faith in America. In this case, will it unite or divide?


A Thousand Splendid Suns

A ThousandDates: February 1 - 26, 2017

Location: Geary Theater

Tickets: On sale

Don't miss the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of the best-selling novel A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Set in modern-day war-torn Kabul, a beautiful, pregnant and unmarried Laila embarks on an extraordinary journey in which she is forced to marry her older neighbor and forges an unlikely bond with his first wife. Together, the two women find strength and hope to raise the next generation.


John

JohnDates: February 22 - April 23, 2017

Location: Strand Theater

Tickets: On sale

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker, this modern ghost story is truly haunting. A couple, Jenny and Elias, wind up at an old bed-and-breakfast in Ghettysburg, and soon begin to wonder why the place is so unsettling. Could it be the ghosts of the Civil War dead, the creepy smiling dolls in the rooms, or the landlady who switches their room, warning them that "the Jackson Room can be a little temperamental"?


Noises Off

Noises offDates: March 21 - May 13, 2017

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

Get ready to laugh with this comedy, which depicts the hilarious backstage chaos that ensues as a second-rate theatrical troupe rehearses a flop called "Nothing On." This presentation is a revival of Michael Frayn's classically comic play, which has been called the "funniest farce ever written."


The Roommate

The RoommateDates: May 23 - July 1, 2017

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

Meet two "bad-ass" 50-something women--practical Sharon from Iowa, and Bronx-born vegan Robyn--and join them in their journey confronting aging, identity, and isolation. You may just learn that second chances are possible, and at the same time great laughter can accompany transformation.


Needles and Opium

Needles & OpiumDates: March 30 - April 23, 2017

Location: Geary Theater

Tickets: On sale

In this true piece of theatrical art, visionary director Robert Lepage creates stunning imagery with the set inside a vast suspended cube, which then frames interlocking scenes from two deep and heartbreakin journeys. Those two stories are of jazz great Miles Davis, seeking pleasure, creativity and heroin in Europe, and French filmmaker Jean Cocteau, chasing opium in New York.


Battlefield

battlefieldDates: April 26 - May 21, 2017

Location: Geary Theater

Tickets: On sale

Legendary director Peter Brook has come back to present a new interpretation and staging of the Indian epic The Mahabharata, which he first adapted thirty years ago. The play tells the story of a new king who, reflecting upon the bloodshed that has won him the crown, struggles to find tranquility amidst war and destruction. With beautiful imagery, this theatrical production transcends the millennia with striking connections to the present day.


You Mean to Do Me Harm

You Mean Me No HarmDates: June 6 - July 1, 2017

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

Watch the world premiere of Christopher Chen's You Mean to Do Me Harm, exploring the psychological struggle of Chinese and American foreign relations. This conflict comes to life at a dinner between two interracial couples, when an innocuous comment escalates to surreal Cold War-like paranoia.


Here Lies Love

Here Lies LoveDates: Begins June 2017

Location: Geary Theater

Tickets: On sale

Don't miss this incredible theatrical collaboration between David Byrne of Talking Heads and award-winning music producer Fatboy Slim. Here Lies Love is a visionary musical featuring the story of Imelda Marcos, a country girl-turned-dictator's consort who was famous for controversy and karaoke.


La Cage Aux Folles

la-cageDates: July 12 - September 16, 2017

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

This renowned musical, which has won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score, is coming to San Francisco! The musical is based on a French-Italian play and film, but the Broadway presentation really lights up the stage with the flair of French Cabaret and fantastic music that invites the audience to celebrate love and romance.

Zenith

ZenithDates: August 15 - September 8, 2017

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

Influenced by the almost daily bombardment of media reports on yet more unspeakable acts, this rich and daring play by Kirsten Greenidge unravels the complex threads of one life that suddenly ends. It begs us to ask if we can ever really comprehend the reach of another person.

Ongoing Theater Performances

Beach Blanket Babylon

beach blanketAll shows are 21+ unless noted.

Learn More: Beach Blanket FAQs and Ticketing Details

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Join the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon for a crazy and zany evening of song, dance and pop culture comedy. Every night in North Beach, you get the chance to catch a performance of this long running musical comedy.


Foodies, The Musical

foodies theaterDates: Most Friday and Saturday nights

Location: The Shelton Theater at 533 Sutter Street

Tickets: On sale for up to 50% off on Goldstar

This funny musical is the perfect night out for anyone that loves food! Laugh along to the mix of songs and sketches about eating habits, trendy restaurants, food trucks and more.

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